NY will soon ban cars from its beloved Central Park, the city's mayor announced Friday, citing a commitment to reducing pollution and "prioritizing people over cars". It impacts West Drive, Center and East Drive and Terrace Drive. "We are prioritizing the safety and the health of the millions of parents, children and visitors who flock to Central Park".
Most areas of Central Park will go car-free this summer.
The move, which aims to cut down on traffic accidents and air pollution in the most-visited urban park in the United States, takes effect on June 27, the mayor told reporters.
"It's time to focus this park on the people".
Motorists still will be able to use the four crosstown transverses through the park at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th streets.
Advocates have been pushing for a car-free Central Park for decades, said Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White.
"It was nearly 40 years ago when the movement to remove cars from Central Park began in earnest", said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, in a statement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the move is meant to make the roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and non-vehicular traffic in a pres conference at the park, where cars already had limited access.